Our Autumn Rhythm

November 17, 2017

In the summer our daily rhythm takes a slight holiday. It must be something deeply ingrained in us from our childhoods, during those seemingly endless months of summer vacation where we somehow did everything and nothing. Or maybe it's just us celebrating our freedom after months of snow followed by rain, and then suddenly sunshine! Whatever the reason, any semblance of a "typical" day somewhat falls to pieces. The absolute liberation of jacket-free (and mitt-free, and scarf-free, and boot-free) weather plus the eternal sunshine of summer invites extended outdoor play, a tendency for spontaneous adventures - and bedtimes quickly become a suggestion rather than a rule. And it feels good. It feels good to feel lighter and freer for a while.

But after two whole months of free-spiritedness and staying up with the lingering sun, we reach the end of August craving the comfort and consistency that comes with the natural slowing-down of Autumn. The shorter days, the dip in temperatures - for me it's a welcome invitation to stay close to home, to fill our apartment with warmth and comforting food, to recharge, to rediscover our rhythm, and to revisit seasonal traditions.

I've shared an older version of our rhythm before in an interview, saying that it's what grounds us, and helps us focus on what's important in our lives. We started to adapt a rhythm to our days a little over a year ago when we were introduced to the Whole Family Rhythms guides and Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. I wanted to share our current rhythm intertwined with the changes and traditions that come with autumn.